Every day in June I featured the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they were picked by their peers, fellow professional comic book artists who are picking out artists (from the past and present) who they think deserve special attention. Do note that most artists I asked about this gave me multiple answers and I picked out one choice out of a number of suggestions, so these are not definitive answers, like “Artist X likes Artist Y and he thinks all other Artists are terrible!” Here is an archive of the artists featured so far!
I ended up with more suggestions than there were days in the month, so enjoy a few BONUS installments!
The first bonus installment is the pick of Mike Deodato, who draws the most popular ongoing comic book title right now, Dark Avengers. Here‘s Mike’s Deviant Art page.
Mike’s pick is Rudy Nebres.
Here’s Mike making the pitch for Rudy…
Sadly, the comic business seems to be going the way of other industries. Shiny and new is coveted more than sturdy and well-made. Flashy is desired more than experienced. When a friend’s 4-year-old water heater broke down, yet his relative’s water heater built in 1954 is still working fine, you know something is wrong with the world.
I know of quite a few top-flight comics artists who simply are not getting the attention they should.
Rudy Nebres is every bit as great now as he was in the ’70s, yet his assignments are few and far between…and in a market that loves rendering and finesse, he’s among the best.
And Mike’s right, Rudy Nebres is strikingly consistent for an artist who has been in the business for close to forty years.
Here’s some Dr. Strange pages from the mid 1970s…
There’s a strong Gene Colan element to this work, and Colan is certainly still a viable comic book artist in the marketplace (if he so chose to pursue it, of course).
Here is some of Nebres’ Warren work from Eerie…
And here is some more 1980s, Nebres work, via some covers…
Here is Nebres in the 1990s, via a Vampirella cover (Vampirella is a character he has done a lot of work on)…
Here is Nebres in the 2000s, via a Negation cover…
and here are some sample pages from a Crossgen Chronicles….
The guy’s still got definite chops! With Marvel having 145963059 books released every month, they really ought to give Nebres a shot on some of them!
Thanks to Mike for the pick! Sorry I held you off for awhile, but I figured this would be a strong beginning to the “extra” period!
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